By  on August 15, 2012

WASHINGTON — Retailers successfully maintained their pricingpower for the fifth consecutive month in July, as apparel prices rose0.2 percent last month, the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Indexshowed Wednesday.

Men’s apparel prices rose 1.9 percent in July compared with Juneon a seasonally adjusted basis. However, women’s apparel prices fell 0.3percent last month, suggesting that demand for men’s apparel mightstill be stronger than demand for women’s apparel.

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